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US warns Russia; Kremlin talks war threat

By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — The Kremlin voiced concern Thursday about a possible escalation of fighting in a separatist conflict in eastern Ukraine as the U.S. issued a strong warning to Russia to stay away from Ukraine. Ukrainian and Western officials have worried about a Russian troop buildup near Ukraine, fearing it…

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Biden launching winter COVID-19 booster, testing campaign

By ZEKE MILLER Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is set to kick off a more urgent campaign for Americans to get COVID 19 booster shots Thursday as he unveils his winter plans for combating the coronavirus and its omicron variant with enhanced availability of shots and vaccines but without major new restrictions. The plan includes a…

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Christmas tree buyers – reduced supply, higher prices

By TERENCE CHEA Associated Press ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Even Christmas trees aren’t immune to the pandemic- induced shortages and inflation plaguing the economy. Extreme weather and supply chain disruptions have reduced supplies of both real and artificial trees this season. American shoppers should expect to have fewer choices and pay up to 30% more…

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Rockin’ around the Christmas tree; Rockefeller tree lit

NEW YORK (AP) — The holly, jolly, best time of the year got a light-filled launch on Wednesday, when the towering Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center was officially turned on. The 79-foot (24-meter) Norway spruce, covered with more than 50,000 lights in a rainbow of colors and bearing a crystal- covered, 900-pound (400-kilogram) star, was…

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US jobless claims rise by 28,000, but still low at 222,000

By PAUL WISEMAN AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits rose last week even though the U.S. job market has been rebounding from last year’s coronavirus recession. Jobless claims climbed by 28,000 to 222,000 from the previous week’s 52-year low 194,000, the Labor Department reported Thursday. The four-week…

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US military explosives vanish, emerge in civilian world

KRISTIN M. HALL, JUSTIN PRITCHARD and JAMES LAPORTA Associated Press The Marine Corps demolition specialist was worried — about America, and about the civil war he feared would follow the presidential election. And so, block by block, he stole 13 pounds (6 kilograms) of C4 plastic explosives from the training ranges of Camp Lejeune. “The…

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AP: Scherzer, Mets agree to $130M deal

NEW YORK (AP) — Max Scherzer has shattered baseball’s record for highest average salary, agreeing Monday to a $130 million, three-year contract with the New York Mets, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the agreement is subject to a successful physical. The $43.33 million…

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Anti-CRT lawmakers are passing pro-CRT legislation

Jonathan Feingold Boston University Since the final months of the Trump administration, the Republican Party has waged a sustained assault on critical race theory. Otherwise known as “CRT,” this academic framework offers tools to illuminate the relationship among race, racism and the law. Through calculated caricature and distortion, right-wing think tanks and media have weaponized…

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Loyalty to family — instead of CNN — puts Cuomo at risk

DAVID BAUDER AP Media Writer NEW YORK (AP) — There’s family, and your job as a journalist. Chris Cuomo’s willingness to put the latter at risk in service to his brother has led to his suspension by CNN. The network took him off the air Tuesday, saying that material released by New York’s attorney general…

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Appeals court to weigh Trump arguements to withhold records

By NOMAAN MERCHANT Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Donald Trump’s lawyers will try to persuade a federal appeals court to stop Congress from receiving call logs, drafts of speeches and other documents related to the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol led by his supporters. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the…

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